First Thursdays are monthly festivals showcasing the diversity of arts and humanities on campus and throughout the Bloomington community. On the first Thursday of each warm-weather month, the Council and its friends join together on the Arts Plaza (right in front of the IU Auditorium) for an evening of performances, hands-on creative activities, community-building, great food, and fun!
First Thursdays offer a welcoming environment for students, community members, four-legged friends, and artists and scholars of all kinds. Our festivities have included everything from opera signers to breakdancers, stage-fighting to clay-throwing, and much, much more. Each First Thursday is unique, and each is a great opportunity to experience the wonderful work of artists, performers, and scholars from all across campus and all around town.
Join us November 7th as we celebrate the public reopening of IU's amazing Eskenazi Museum of Art!
IU Students, you can add your creative vision to the festivities by taking part in our Art Costume Contest! Come dressed as your favorite artwork or artist, and win cool prizes!
Enjoy main stage performances from the IU Symphonic Band, Jacobs School jazz vocalist April Varner, and visiting Haitian mizik rasin band Boukman Eksperyans.
Plus, stop by the Lilly Library to see some of the greatest hits from their collections, visit the Humanities Salon for enlightening discussions, and check out the exciting activities all around the Arts Plaza. As always, there will be plenty of great hands-on creative activites, delicious food, and fun for the whole community!